New Works Now

Exposición colectiva

Exposición: May 10 – Sep 9, 2012


New Works Now presenta la obra reciente de cinco artistas internacionales que en tiempos pasados fueron artistas en residencia en Artpace de Texas: Alex de León (1996), Katrina Moorhead (2005), Katie Pell (2006), Juan Miguel Ramos (2002) y Lordy Rodríguez (2001). Inspirados por la importancia del lugar y su relación con la identidad y la cultura, cada artista refleja la importancia de su entorno. La exposición considera aspectos universales y específicos de un entorno y contempla cómo la verdad y la ficción se mezclan en la memoria, mientras que influyen un sentimiento de nostalgia por escenarios recordados. Tras su cierre en Artpace, New Works Now viajará a la colección Dikeou en Denver, Colorado.

Artistas

Alex de León

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Alex de Leon was a long-time resident of San Antonio who was born in Edinburg, Texas in 1959 and died in 2012.  After receiving a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1983, he turned his attention to ceramics for which he is best known. La Luz Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, Fergus Fernandez Gallery in Houston, and Milagros Contemporary Art, San Angel Gallery, and the Southwest School of Art (then the Southwest Crafts Center) in San Antonio have mounted solo exhibitions of de León’s work. His designs have been featured on The Bob Newhart Show and The Tracy Ullman Show, as well as in the motion pictures Six Degrees of Separation, Reversal of Fortune, and Madonna’s Truth or Dare.

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Katie Pell

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Through exuberant drawing, performance projects, and comic books, Katie Pell celebrates vernacular traditions, presenting a world without taboos or boundaries—one where anything is possible for those who go beyond given conditions and, just as Sol LeWitt famously stated, “do.” Her works irreverently explore personal, gender, and cultural identity, as well as the potential for greatness in everyone.
Katie Pell was born in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1965 and currently lives in San Antonio, TX. She received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, in 1987. She has had solo exhibitions at Cactus Bra Space (2004), Parchman Stremmel Gallery (2003), and Southwest School of Art & Craft (2002), all in San Antonio, Texas. Her work has been included in exhibitions such as Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2006); Tiny Acts of Immeasurable Benefit, Women & Their Work, Austin, Texas (2008); and Drawing in San Antonio: Works by Contemporary Area Artists, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas (2002).

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Katrina Moorhead

Houston, Texas, USA

Katrina Moorhead’s drawings, objects, and installations focus on the seemingly ordinary. Whether translating bathroom graffiti into a planted garden or paint chips into a billboard the colors of the sky, the artist often explores artificial representations of nature and approaches each project with a delicate, spare hand that casts the familiar anew.
For her contribution to the recent 51st Venice Biennial Moorhead crafted On or About December 1981 (2005), a pair of iconic gull- wing doors from the short-lived DeLorean car, produced from 1981-83 in Northern Ireland. The artist revived the natural origins of this once-touted symbol of industrial utopianism by draining the car parts of their metallic and mechanical past. Sculpted in bass and plywood, the doors were removed from their adjacent body and lay isolated on the gallery floor like now-broken wings. This minimal work, like Moorhead’s others, is both poetic homage to intricate engineering and a melancholic exploration of the synthetic ways humans experience the natural world.
Born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland in 1971, Katrina Moorhead currently resides in Houston, TX. She received an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, in 1996. Solo shows include Inman Gallery (2006) and Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX (2002, 1998). She has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (2005); the 51st Venice Biennial, Italy (2005); and The Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland, England (2004).

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Juan Miguel Ramos

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Juan Miguel Ramos holds an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaches photography and drawing at Northwest Vista Community College, San Antonio, TX. Truly a product of San Antonio’s art education, Ramos began his training at the age of eight, when he attended the Southwest School of Arts and Crafts. Subsequently, he studied at the San Antonio Art Institute, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and earned his BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Ramos’ work has exhibited nationally and has been featured in individual exhibitions at Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; Sala Diaz, Cactus Bra Art Space, and the UTSA Satellite Space, San Antonio, TX.

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Lordy Rodriguez

Houston, Texas, USA

Drawing primarily in pen and ink, Lordy Rodriguez reconfigures existing maps creating imaginary compositions that are at once distinctly familiar and candidly absurd. Misplaced cities and fictional states appear alongside recognizable landmarks and iconic sites. While maps often assume an unquestionable authority of accuracy and fact (until they are proven outdated), Rodriguez dismantles conventional notions of locale and geography through intuitive associations and personal narratives.
Lordy Rodriguez was chosen for his ArtPace residency by Lisa Corrin, Chief Curator at the Serpentine Gallery, London, England. She has organized a number of significant shows for the Serpentine including solo exhibitions by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Chris Ofili, Jane and Louise Wilson, Bridget Riley, and an upcoming show of Rachael Whiteread. Corrin was recently appointed Deputy Director for Art/Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum, WA.

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